I have planned my whole Saturday in details and I was going out when Allison phoned: “Be ready in 30 minutes, we’re going to the Farmers Market”. Suddenly the day became to be more interesting than it had looked 5 minutes ago. At the time I didn’t know that Farmers Market is just the beginning of the Saturday’s adventure.
I heard about ‘Farmers Market in Willunga’ – in every single wine and food visitor’s guide there is an information about this market. It is also one of the most popular ‘must-see’ places on Epicurean Way, a trail for wine and food lovers.
The market was not big but the aroma of fresh and healthy fruits, vegetables and herbs from the region was everywhere! What’s interesting is that almost each small town in South Australia has its own market with fresh regional products.
We were walking for a while and I was impressed with the small town of Willunga. It is best known for food, wine and coffee. Honestly, the coffee in The Green Room was extraordinary! What I have to admit, I think Australia is one of the best coffee countries I have ever been to.
We visited Gill Gordon Smith in her magic Fall From Grace (read more here) and then we went to La Curio Wines (more here) that belongs to Adam Hooper, a passionate winemaker. Both places are worthwhile visiting!
After lunch Allison took me to Rosemount Estate that she knows very well. I thought we can visit a winery but it is only cellar door with wines to taste (more here).
I think Allison should work as a tour guide as she knows McLaren Vale very well! And she is such a nice person and she has so much positive energy that everything around seems to be even more beautiful than it is naturally. I am lucky to have my own tour guide in McLaren Vale!
We were looking for kangaroos because I hadn’t seen any of them yet. I start to think that all this kangaroo story in Australia is a lie. Everybody says there is millions of kangaroos everywhere but it’s only me who hadn’t seen even one!
At the end of the day we went to see vineyards. It was my first time in the heart of McLaren Vale so I was very excited. The landscape of the valley is amazing! You can see the difference in the way they plant vineyards or in trellising and there is no rules at all. A beauty of The New World I haven’t seen until now.
I would not be myself if I hadn’t try to find one common thing in the vineyards, just one tiny rule – but Allison described perfectly what I was looking at and she said quite seriously “Ela, there’s NO rules”. Ok, I get it now. But… having no rules at all is a rule, isn’t it? :p
Allison took me to another place that touched me very deeply; the last place to visit for today. The place that made me think about life and death… among the vineyards, covered by trees, the souls rest in peace under the grey stone. Souls of people who started these beautiful vineyards in the heart of McLaren Vale. It was a moment in silence for me, a moment of silence for those who are gone.
The only question is: are they really gone? It is said their existence is still present, that during the night they walk among the vineyards and take care of the vines. Even if they crossed the border of The Other Side they are still here where all the vineyards started a long long time ago.